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Unit Overview

Students demonstrate the ability to design and simulate components of gas production systems; design and simulate unit operations in gas process plants; and understand gas markets and emerging issues for natural gas production and use. Topics include thermodynamics for gas processing; gas production; gas gathering and compression; pipe calculations; dew point control; hydrate control; dehydration; acid gas treatment; gas markets and economics; unconventional gas sources and processing.
6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1OnlineOnline timetabled
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Students are able to (1) identify the five primary subsea flow assurance failure modes, and list the required conditions for each mode; (2) identify how transient operations and solid formation will affect multiphase flow regime, and describe this behaviour with flow regime maps and analytical models; (3) calculate the gas hydrate and wax formation rate, using hand calculations and simulations; (4) perform field simulations within OLGA using compositional integration with Multiflash, and produce trend plots to identify the point of maximum risk for flow regime, hydrate formation, and wax formation; (5) present a clear and concise flow assurance field design recommendation, which is supported by heuristics, hand calculations, and OLGA simulation; and (6) design a subsea hydrate management strategy, and identify experiments and simulations that could support your approach.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) quizzes and (2) engineering reports. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Bruce Norris
Unit rules
enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering (Chemical Engineering specialisation or Mechanical Engineering specialisation); or enrolment in the Master of Engineering in Oil and Gas
CHPR4404 Advanced Thermodynamics
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